Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. At Trinity, undergraduate students work directly with faculty members in innovative research. Students co-author papers that are published in leading academic journals, and give presentations at national conferences.

Summer Research Program

Trinity offers many students the opportunity to conduct research full-time under the close mentorship of faculty during the 10-week summer research program. Most student researchers receive a stipend, free housing and transcript notation. Student researchers are supported by individual faculty grants or by one of Trinity's Research Programs. At the culmination of the summer research program, students report on their findings in a research symposium.

The deadline to submit 2015 summer research fellowship applications is February 16, 2015. Note that each program has its own application procedure and eligibility criteria, so follow the instructions carefully!

The summer program starts on May 18 and ends July 26. The Summer Research Symposium will take place on July 23-24. See the summer research calendar for additional dates.

Murchison Research Fellowships

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams from ANY department. Students must be graduating in December 2015 or later.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application.
  • Number available: 10
  • Stipend: up to $4,000
  • Additional Resources: Total budget of $6000, including student stipend (max $4,000), faculty stipend ($1,000), supplies, travel, etc.
  • For more information, see the Murchison website

Mellon Initiative Research Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams working on projects in the arts and humanities. Students must be graduating in December 2015 or later.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application.
  • Number available: 12
  • Stipend: up to $4,000
  • Additional Resources: $1,200 for travel or supplies. Faculty mentors will receive stipend of $1,750.
  • For more information, see the Mellon program website

Hixon Research Fellowships

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams from any department working on projects related to the environment or sustainability. Proposals must be submitted no later than February 16, 2015.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application.
  • Number available: 3
  • Stipend: max $3,500
  • For more information, see the Hixon website

Integrated Research in Biomathematics

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens
  • Requirements: Students should have a background in biology and mathematics. 10 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium.
  • Number available: 10-12
  • Stipend: $4,000
  • For more information, contact selaydi [at] trinity [dot] edu (Dr. Saber Elaydi)

Biology Department (BSURF)

  • Eligibility: Biology majors pursuing summer research with Biology faculty
  • Requirements: 10 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium
  • Number available: 3
  • Award: up to $4,000
  • Application
  • For more information, contact dribble [at] trinity [dot] edu (Dr. David Ribble)

Chemistry Department Research Opportunities

  • Eligibility: Students who have completed CHEM 1318 (or have AP credit) and will complete CHEM 2319 by May 2015.
  • Requirements: 10 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium
  • Number available: approximately 30
  • Stipend: approximately $4,000
  • For more information, contact aurbach [at] trinity [dot] edu (Dr. Adam Urbach)

McNair Scholars Program

  • Eligibility: Only students already enrolled in the McNair Program may apply for summer research support
  • Requirements: Participation in the McNair Scholars Program goes far beyond summer research. Scholars are engaged in activities throughout the year.
  • For more information, see the McNair website

FASTER Grant Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

  • Eligibility: Only recipients of the FASTER grants may apply for this summer research fellowship.
  • For more information, contact wterrell [at] trinity [dot] edu (Dr. Wilson Terrell Jr.)

Mach Research Fellowships

Mach fellowships provide funding to rising seniors for use in research or scholarly activity during their senior year. One Mach Fellow nomination is permitted per department. Mach fellowships don’t have to be used during the summer.

  • Number available: 5 or more
  • Award Amount: between $1,000 and $2,500 for supplies or travel (not a stipend)
  • For more information, contact mbrodl [at] trinity [dot] edu (Dr. Mark Brodl)

Research Opportunities outside Trinity